Wendy Jane Recommends “Yes, We’re Together” blog by Atinuke Diver

1 Jun

Today I want to feature one of the blogs I link to on my home page, “Yes, We’re Together” by author, Atinuke Diver.

I first heard about Atinuke, or Tinu, when she was noted on writing center, Grub Street’s weekly newsletter.  Tinu had won a 2011 Black Weblog Award, an Internet Award Ceremony that recognizes black bloggers from over 90 countries.

YesWe’reTogether.com is Tinu’s blog that, in her words, challenges the assumptions and assume the challenges of interracial love with humor and grace, and where all racial/ethnic combinations are fair game.

Since I noticed that Tinu lived nearby in Boston, and had started a blog that dealt with matters of race, I decided to reach out to her for advice on starting my blog.  I was having “cold feet,” and needed a push, and Tinu was very generous in giving me feedback on my About page, as well as shared her experience of what’s it been like blogging for her.  She helped send me on my way.

Here is Tinu’s bio from her About page:

The oldest daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Tinu was born in Mattapan, Massachusetts, raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland and lives with her White/Somewhat Irish lawyer husband in Boston, Massachusetts.  She earned an English degree, Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, and Law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is a proud graduate of UNC’s Creative Writing Program, an honored recipient of the Wanda Chappell Scholarship, and former Editor of Virtuous Woman Campus Magazine.  Her writing has been featured in BlogHerThe Review Review, The African Immigrant Journal, Racialicious, Love Isn’t Enough, The Fresh XpressExaminer.com and has been an Editor’s Pick on OpenSalon.com.
I truly enjoy Tinu’s style of writing, and sense of humor when it comes to writing about her experiences of being in an interracial marriage.  Here’s a post of hers that I really got a kick out of–a piece about her worrying whether her white husband would be up for all the dancing involved for their wedding day.


4 Responses to “Wendy Jane Recommends “Yes, We’re Together” blog by Atinuke Diver”

  1. Myrna Griffith June 1, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Hi Wendy. I finally had a chance to read your thought provoking “Hipster Racist” feature from 5/23. Have to admit, I’m probably a bit guilty of that, but not out of choice……more out of discomfort and not knowing what to say. Now I just do my best to let people know I really care about them and “Let go and let God”. Seems to work pretty well.

    • Wendy Jane June 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

      Thanks, Myrna. I appreciate your honesty–I think we all feel this way at times, and to be honest, and stumble is well, just plain, human.

  2. Tinu July 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    Hey Wendy!
    Just sending an embarrassingly belated THANK YOU for the feature!

    • Wendy Jane July 20, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

      That’s okay, Tinu.:) You’re welcome–my pleasure.

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